Polarity Practitioner Program Description

ASHA  128 Hour Polarity Practitioner Program

We are excited to announce a 128 hour Polarity Practitioner Program at Albuquerque School of Healing Arts (ASHA) that will begin in Summer 2022. It consists of four 32-hour modules, each taught over two weekends. We are affiliated with the International Polarity Education Alliance (IPEA) and graduates from the full 128-hour program will earn the certification of Energy Principles Practitioner (EPP).

The Four Courses

 Polarity Therapy Foundations (prerequisite for the other three)

In this module, students will be introduced to Polarity Therapy, as a (w)holistic healing system, and the three types of touch, Sattvic, Rajasic and Tamasic, the Five Elements and how they relate to bodywork. (32 CEU hours)

Polarity Five Elements

In this module, students will be given a breakdown of the Elements, the Elemental triads and how they relate to bodywork.We’ll explore Polarity Triads and give/receive individual elemental treatments. (32 CEU hours)

Treating Chronic Back and Neck Pain with Polarity (with a focus on client communication and fulcrums)

In this module, students will learn techniques for addressing root causes and symptoms of whiplash, lower back pain, neck disorders, shoulder pain and headaches. We’ll also discuss Fulcrums and effective communication with our clients. (32 CEU hours)

Polarity Nutrition and Exercises (with a Pelvic Imbalance treatment and an introduction to Unwinding)

In this module, we will explore Dr Stone’s Polarity Yoga, diet and nutrition recommendations for vibrant health. We’ll be moving our bodies, practicing unwinding and learning techniques to address pelvic imbalance. (32 CEU hours)

All four modules will be hands-on classes, with the majority of classroom time (approximately two thirds) being spent in demonstration, with students following with treatment trades. Enrollment in the Polarity Therapy Foundations course will include lifetime membership in the International Polarity Education Alliance (IPEA).

Upon taking Foundations, the other three courses can be taken in any order. 


There are no pre-requisites for Polarity Therapy Foundations. This module is open to professional bodyworkers and LMTs, as well as others who are interested in learning a gentle and effective form of hands-on bodywork. CE credits will be granted to LMTs for use in licensure renewal. Polarity Therapy Foundations is a pre-requisite for the remaining three modules in this course. Graduates of ASHA are exempted from Polarity Therapy Foundations.

Instructor for this Program

Alex “Otter” Vernon graduated from the New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics (NMSNT) in 2016. One of the classes he most connected with was Core Synchronism, an evolution of Polarity Therapy and Cranial Sacral Therapy discovered by Dr Robert Stevens. He completed the seven levels of Core Synchronism and continues to practice Core, Polarity and massage in Albuquerque.

Upon graduation from NMSNT, he became a teaching assistant in Polarity Therapy, Sports Massage, Myofascial Release and Massage Specifics. The following year he started teaching the Hot Stone Massage classes at the school. He continued teaching at NMSNT until it closed its doors during the pandemic in 2020.

Otter teaches Polarity Therapy at the Albuquerque School of the Healing Arts (ASHA), beginning with their inaugural program in the fall of 2021.

Otter is the father of five, a sometime carpenter, a practitioner of Capoeira (an Afro-Brazilian art form), a wilderness enthusiast, a mycophile, a dreamer, an artist, a musician and a lover of life. He lives in the North Valley of Albuquerque, New México with his partner, Hayley.